Of the total 4.41 lakh H-1B applications that were approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the fiscal year 2022 (year ending September 30, 2022), 3.20 lakh or 72.6% were allotted to those who were Indiaborn (Indians).
Interestingly, a meeting that was held on Wednesday, revealed that the US mission in India is gearing up for a record number of student visa applications in 2023 as well.
“Last year, a record-breaking 125,000 Indians were issued student visas, which is more than were issued to any other nationality. In fact, one out of every five student visas was issued in India last year,” said Brendan Mullarkey, the acting minister counsellor for consular affairs in India. “This year, we will interview more students than ever before,” Mullarkey added.
US Ambassador Eric Garcetti and consuls general across India congratulated visa recipients preparing to join the ranks of Indian students who have chosen to study in the US.
“I first came to India as a young student and I’ve seen in my own life how transformative these experiences can be,” said Garcetti. “Student exchange is at the heart of US-India relations, and with good reason. A US education provides students a world-class education and access to a global network of knowledge, laying the foundation for a lifetime of understanding.”
Coming back to the numbers, with 55,038 successful applicants (12.5% of the total), China was the second most common country of birth, followed by Canada with 4,235 successful applicants (1%) of the total. This statistic of Rs 4.41 includes the approval of an H-1B visa for initial employment and also for continued employment (i.e. visa extension).
As of 2021, 3.01 lakh Indians had successfully obtained H-1B visas, which represented 74.1% of all approvals. However, 50,328 Chinese obtained H-1B visas, constituting 12.4% of all approvals.
In short, over the years, Indians have continued to bag more than 70% of the H-1B visas issued by USCIS
During the fiscal year 2022, nearly 77,673 India-born individuals obtained an H-1B visa for new employment (which is 58.7% of the total) and China-born 18,911 (or 14,3% of the total).
Earlier, USCIS released last month the figures for H-1B visa registrations for the financial year 2024, the excitement about being selected in the lottery has diminished for many Indian techies and students. It may be because of the steps that USCIS has taken to curb the visa fraud
In the H-1B lottery process, serious concerns have been raised about applicants submitting multiple applications on behalf of the same beneficiary to gain an unfair advantage.
“We remain committed to deterring and preventing abuse of the registration process, and to ensuring only those who follow the law are eligible to file an H-1B cap petition,” the USCIS announcement said.